Where to see spring blossoms in Montréal

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

It’s a glorious time of year for flower lovers here in Montreal. Springtime is a great time to get out and reconnect with nature en ville, as colours emerge in our streets, parks and gardens. Here are some of the best places to discover Montréal in full bloom.

Les Classiques

Montreal is home to some grand outdoor spaces, and for flower lovers, these destinations are sure bets. With over 75 hectares of garden space, the Jardin Botanique boasts an impressive variety of blooming flowers, plants and trees. You can consult their calendar online to plan your visit when your favorites are flowering.

It’s time for tulips on Mount Royal, both around the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument, and at the Belvédère Kondiaronk at the park’s summit. Stroll the park’s paths to spot white trilliums and bloodroot—among the first signs of colour to emerge in the woods.

While you’re in the area, consider a stroll through the Mount Royal Cemetery and the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, a favorite spot for fans of blossoming magnolia and lilac trees.

To enjoy classical garden styling, visit the grounds of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, which has both formal French-style gardens and informal English inspired flower beds. The grounds are in bloom starting in early May and throughout the summer.

Neighbourhoods in bloom

Montréal’s gorgeous neighbourhood parks are packed with blossoming trees and beautifully landscaped gardens. Some favorites for cherry blossoms (starting soon!) include the 26-acre Westmount Park, Chinatown (check out the park beside Palais des congrès), Ahuntsic park, and Île de la Visitation.

While the downtown area is undergoing a number of major building projects, it’s still a great place to find your floral haven! Check out the courtyard at Christ Church Cathedral, the flowering trees among the installations at the Quartier des spectacles, Square Victoria’s taste-of-Europe gardens, and the tulip beds along Sherbrooke Street West at the Quartier du Musée.

Hop over to Parc Jean-Drapeau to enjoy tulips and daffodils in bloom along 25 kilometers of trails. For more ideas about each of Montréal’s neighbourhood parks, be sure to check out our complete guide to Montréal’s parks and green spaces.

Bring your blossoms home

Longing to bring some of spring’s beauty into your home? Make pick-your-own-tulips a part of your springtime ritual. Opening mid-May, you can fill up on flowers and sunshine at the (ultra-’grammable!) tulip fields in either Laval or Brossard (reservation required, see details here.)

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

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